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"Brother Bear" DVD: The Beautiful Bare Necessities

Following the tepid reception that the action-heavy Atlantis and Treasure Planet received, Brother Bear marks a return to a more traditional format for Disney. Animal characters, a forest setting, and an abundance of Phil Collins songs remind one somewhat of Tarzan. At a time when the viability of 2D animation in general, and Disney’s in […]

The Beast Wars Rage On In Two Excellent DVDs

Ah, Beast Wars. Hailed as the second-greatest Transformers series after the original G1, Beast Wars has become a major fan-favorite series. While the first season was pretty decent and introduced and developed the characters we all love, that was really all it was, set-up. Season 2 was when things really got interesting and where many […]

"Abenobashi" Vol. 1: Worth its Weight in Weirdness

Arumi and Sasshi are two regular 12-year old kids from Osaka, Japan’s “deep south.” For some reason, they’ve been knocked out of their own world into parallel worlds. A cross-dresser is now a superhero, Arumi’s dad is a champion fighter, and a well-endowed girl named Mune-Mune ["chest-chest" in Japanese -Ed.] is chasing them down for […]

"Blue Gender": Don't Get Attached to Anybody

“You have to let me fight! I’m not a baby; I can pull my own weight!” It is the year 2031. Mysterious, humongous insects called the Blue have destroyed civilization. With the use of mechs called Armored Strikes, a militaristic group seems to be the only people on Earth. Their goal is to get back […]

"Kiddy Grade" Vol. 1 Big on Action, Short on Story

G.O.T.T., The Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs, ES Members Éclair and Lumiere are essentially the police of the future, with a penchant for disguises, the trailer states. Tracking down criminals, they use their special abilities (Éclair has some special lipstick that either lets her Hulk out or gain a whip and Lumiere can control […]

Johnny Bravo Back to Its Roots, Then to "Hollywood"

Show: Johnny BravoEpisode: #55: “Johnny Bravo Goes To Hollywood”Airdate: FRIDAY, February 20th, at 8 PM (encore at 11:30 PM) ET. Seth MacFarlane states that no show is as lucky as Family Guy is at this current time. But that’s not true… Back in 1997, after only 13 episodes, the original Johnny Bravo crew left Cartoon […]

"Return to Xanadu"? More Like "Return to Sender"

So here I am, reviewing a kid’s film when I’m not exactly a kid. What’s a responsible critic supposed to do? Typically, I guess you do one of two things. Either you pour yourself a big bowl of Lucky Charms, pop the DVD into the player, and munch away while trying to put yourself into […]

"Robbin Ed" Tops All Previous Eds

Show: Ed Edd n EddyEpisode: #48: “Robbin’ Ed”/”A Case of Ed”Airdate: TONIGHT, February 6th, at 7 PM (encore at 9:30 PM) ET. After last week’s only-satisfactory episode of the Ed boys bring us a gem of an episode, if not one of the best Eds episodes to date. If you’re still sitting on the fence […]

"Ed Edd n Eddy" Continues to Impress...

Show: Ed Edd n EddyEpisode: #47: “Thick As An Ed”/”Sorry, Wrong Ed”Airdate: TONIGHT, January 30th, at 7 PM (encore at 9:30 PM) ET. Most criticism of Ed Edd n Eddy is entirely unfounded, and almost makes me wonder if people really watch the show or pretend they do and blast it, the latter of which […]

"Astro Boy" Still Dazzles, Even as Adaptation Disappoints

When I heard that Kids WB would be the network broadcasting the 2003 reincarnation of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, arguably the first anime ever made, my reaction was typical: I groaned. Kids WB has a long record of heavily adapting their anime to account for their image of American audience preferences. They were responsible for […]

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